I bought Hannah Sullivan's Three Poems on a whim without having heard of it, while on holiday in Hay; a couple of hours later I had read the entire volume twice, almost in a trance. This opening poem is in love with 1920s modernism, while also somehow managing to feel incredibly of the moment; fizzing, as it does, with all of the exuberance and melancholy of youth.

"You, Very Young in New York"

Poem

Written by Hannah Sullivan

John Lavin

John Lavin is editor of The Lonely Crowd. He tweets at @jtmlavin.